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welcome to "world news." tonight, an american city on high alert. five shootings, three people dead. late today, police pleading with the public for help. tonight, the hunt for the lone gunman. the fbi now joining the case. investigators are asking, is this a hate crime? moment of impact. what we're just learning about the navy fighter jet that smashed into a suburban neighborhood. the speed stunning. 170 miles an hour as it hits. the footage of the dangling parachutes. >> oh, a parachute. >> that saved the pilot. the pill that stops cancer? why it might be helping cancer helping to halt cancer in our bodies right now. why the lilacs could hold the secret why. and the painter of life.
remembering an american artist. what he hoped to do with each of his paintings. now hanging in 10 million american homes. do you have one in your living room? good evening. we begin here tonight with the city on alert. tulsa, oklahoma. the fbi has joined in the man hunt for the lone gunman behind five separate shootings. three people are dead. two others seriously injured. authorities believe the shooter, a white man, might be tarting his suspects because of the color of his skin. all of the victims were outside walking. the mayor and the police chief were asked, is this a hate crime? they said, the logic would lead you to believe that. we begin with pierre thomas. >> reporter: a serial killer on the loose. a city living in fear. >> this is something we have never seen in tulsa oklahoma since i have been a police
officer. that's over 40 years. >> reporter: the nightmare began friday morning. that's when the killings started. 1:00 a.m. a 49-year-old woman is found lying in a pool of blood. she would die in a local hospital. minutes later, 1:03 a.m. two blocks to the east. two men with gunshot wounds. they're raced to the hospital in critical condition. 1:50 a.m., a 54-year-old man is found a short distance away. he's also been shot. he dies. as night turns to dawn, more bad news. at 8:30, the body of a 31-year-old man is discovered steps away from a funeral home. he sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. >> i consider it a war zone. trying to connect the dots. >> reporter: five people randomly shot. two wounded. three dead. all black. and police suspect the shooter is a white male. >> this is going to be a difficult investigation. identifying a lone wolf suspect. >> reporter: the african-american community on
edge. are the killings racially motivated? is someone hunting black people? >> we feel like he's targeting african-americans in this part of the town. >> reporter: based on the evidence of one of the victims, there may be good reason to be concerned. this from a family member of a victim. >> a white suv pulled up with a white man in it asking about and address. he said when he turned around, walked back in the yard, he heard gunshots. his arm went numb. >> as long as he's on the loose, we're in danger. all of us in danger. >> reporter: the fbi has set up a task force to try to find the killer. with so few leads, they're asking the public to help. >> our justice correspondent, pierre thomas on this tonight. pierre, thank you. we're going to turn to the up credible scene we started the broadcast with last night. the fighter jet that slammed into a suburban neighborhood in
virginia beach. the jet was traveling at 170 miles an hour when it hit. everyone survived. that is nothing short of a miracle. this was video of a driver approaching the neighborhood right after it happened. >> this is a huge mess. >> the giant plume of smoke the there. we all saw the images of the fireball right after the crash. today, we got a new look at what was left behind from the air. a huge crater. one of the parachutes attached to the ejector seats. that saved the two pilots. david kerley is in virginia beach with word on the student pilot and what happened moments after takeoff that led to this. >> reporter: this is our first good look at the melted carbon fiber, the charred metal, that was an f-18 fighter. hazardous materials crews quietly sprayed down the wreckage. [ sirens blaring ] in contrast to the mayhem when the jet slammed in to this apartment complex. >> and it just looked basically like he dropped out of the sky. >> it was terrible loud crashing! >> and then things started to explode. >> reporter: five apartment buildings, 50 units in all,
destroyed in the crash and fire. residents stunned when they discovered the pilots. >> oh, [ bleep ], parachute. >> reporter: this is a pilot basically strapped into his parachute, laying on your patio, >> laying on the patio. on his side. his hands were up. >> reporter: it was that pilot's lucky day. pat kavenaugh is a former rescue worker. >> he apologized for crashing into the complex, and i said, "don't worry about it, son, we're going to get you out of here as fast as we can." >> reporter: a military official tells abc news that with a student pilot in the front seat the jet developed a fuel leak seconds after takeoff. the pilots shut down the engine and started dumping fuel to lighten the jet and fly on one engine. but something else went wrong. >> when the airplane began to become uncontrollable, they were still very close to the ground. they were, i'm sure, well aware that they were over populated areas. >> reporter: the two pilots ejected just moments before impact, obvious because they landed so close to the wreckage. remarkably, no deaths and only
slight injuries for seven people. navy investigators started looking over the wreckage, thankful that the community came to the aid of the pilots. >> if you wanted to define a miracle, what happened here yesterday meets that definition for me. >> reporter: along with the naval investigation, there are environmental concerns, all that burned jet fuel and the burned carbon fiber. from the aircraft. david, it will be days before this scene is cleared. >> david kerley again tonight. david, thank you. to another investigation this evening. after the united airlines pilot radioed in about smoke in the cockpit was ignored. air traffic controllers thought it was a prank. it was not. the pilot went on to land the plane, evacuating the passengers on his own. alex perez is getting answers. >> reporter: it should have been like any other routine landing at the airport. when pilots spotted smoke, they radioed air traffic roll. >> emergency, smoke in the cockpit.
roll trucks please. >> reporter: he requested help. gave the flight number. there's confusion in the control tower. >> and who was that? >> 5912. >> reporter: the control tower misthaers plane's call numbers as united 12. >> united 12, what is your position? >> reporter: no response. with no united 12 on the radar, the controller decides it must be a hoax. >> did you hear that? >> yeah. >> i know that's b.s. i know it is. >> reporter: he turns to another controller. >> united 12, you know of united 12 anywhere? >> reporter: not getting the response they needed, the flight, which had already been cleared for a routine landing, headed for the runway. with no crews waiting for them on the ground. >> i think it's troubling. an air traffic controller should never jump to a conclusion at any time. >> and i apologize. that's not real what we're hearing on the frequency. >> reporter: after the plane lachbded came the next frantic call from the cockpit. >> we're evacuating, 34 right. >> reporter: but even now, with the plane on in the ground, the
controllers don't believe the emergency is real. >> 12, verify that wasn't ewe. >> reporter: it was no hoax. >> it could have had a disastrous result. >> reporter: this time, the pilot landed safely. averting disaster. without much help from the tower. >> and alex is with us now. reports of smoke. was there a fire? >> it turns out there was one in the control panel. in the cockpit. and the pilots were able to put it out. >> there was a real emergency. were there fire officials waiting? >> that's the astonishing part here. i spoke to the faa. they tell me it took two minutes for the fire crews to arrive on the scene after the plane landed. if there had been no confusion in the control room, they would have been there when the plane landed without the confusion in the control tower. >> remarkable. alex, thank you. and welcome. overseas tonight to syria. a brand new portrait on the opposition. this time through anan image on facebook. the u.s. ambassador to syria posted these satellite images,
showing the heavy weapons across the country, just three days now before that cease-fire is supposed to take effect. tonight, new word. more than 100 people killed in the latest violence there. back in this country tonight, so many americans marking passover and easter this weekend. at the vatican, thousands have already gathered. the pope led a service on this easter eve. offering a prayer and saying easter brings hope for the faithful. something else he said this week made it clear on where he stands on priests marrying and the idea of women ever been ordained. here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: anthony padovano was a catholic priest for 15 years. he even met the pope. but when he met a woman and fell in love, he had to make a choice. >> i had a sense that this, too, was a call from god. >> reporter: today, the church is losing both priests and parishioners. and many catholics like podovano say something has to change. >> i have no doubt there will be
a married priesthood. it's only a matter of time. >> reporter: but in his holy thursday mass in rome, the pope issued one of his strongest messages yet. this change is not coming on his watch. he chastised a group of priests advocating for women priests and married priests. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: it was a homily that sounded like a scolding. calling the would-be reformers selfish and disobedient. it's a message that won't be welcome in this country, where polls show 60% of catholics believe priests should be allowed to marry. the same number say women should be allowed to join the priesthood. and an even bigger majority -- 62% -- feel the church is "out of touch." in 2009, miami's father albert cutie lost his job after he was caught by the tabloids, kissing his girlfriend. he's now an episcopal priest and they're now married. >> celibacy works for some priests some of the time but it does not work for most priests most of the time. >> and cecilia vega joins us on the desk. in new york. and cecilia, you said it's not
the words he chose to use, but the timing and how he said it. >> the timing is key. the holiest weekend of the year for catholics. this is made on the day the catholics honor the priesthood. he's not mincing words. about what it will look like for priests in the catholic church in the years to come. the way he said it. the pope watchers saying this is perhaps his most to direct message yet since he's become pope. this from the white house, the president and first lady hosting family and friends last night for the passover seder for the fourth year in a row. the president saying passover and easter reminding us of the common thread of humanity that connects us. one of the best known ministers is weighing in. pastor rick warren. where does he think the nation stands now? our jake tapper asked him in this abc news exclusive. >> you gave the invocation.
at president obama's inauguration, you said the following -- as we face these difficult days ahead -- >> may we have a new birth of clarity in our aim. responsibility in our actions. >> how are we doing? what is the state of the nation spiritually? >> coarsening of our culture, and the loss of stability in our civilization is one of the things that concerns me the most about our nation. we don't know how the disagree without being disagreeable. the fact is, you can walk hand in hand without seeing eye to eye. and what we need in our country is unity, not uniformity. >> powerful words. more of jake's interview with pastor rick warren tomorrow on "this week." he weighs in on mormonism and mitt romney. jake asks, armor mons christians? that's tomorrow morning on "this week." we continue tonight with what could be a blockbuster medical break through in the fight against cancer.
there's growing evidence that a common drug used to fight diabetes could be doing something else. halting cancer in our bodies. it's the most widely prescribed anti-diabetic drug in the world. here in the u.s., more than 59 million prescriptions written every year. the drug is called metformin, a pill derived from the french lilac flower and it's been around for more than 50 years. right now, it's being used to help diabetic patients control their blood sugar. to make insulin more effective. now, the drug, also know by its brand name glucophage, appears to help patients fight several types of cancer. scientists meeting just this week revealing new research, showing the drug prolongs life expectancy for patients with early-stage pancreatic cancer, slows down prostate cancer growth and appears to help prevent liver cancer. now the testing is underway, could it also help fight a whole range of cancers -- brain, colo-rectal, thyroid, head and ovarian and breast cancer. >> one of the most compelling studies was in breast cancer.
looking at women undergoing chemotherapy before surgery. when we looked at the women who were diabetic and on metformin, they had a much better clinical response to the chemotherapy. >> reporter: how does a diabetes drug help fight cancer? it's thought that since the drug helps make insulin more effective, they body needs less insulin, and scientists believe insulin helps fuel cancer. >> insulin is a growth factor. so when you have too much insulin, in the lab, we know that can cause cells to grow more quickly. and so, as you can imagine with a tumor, when it's in an environment with too much insulin, that can potentially be a bad thing. >> i want to bring in dr. richard besser now. and you were telling me this is the very early stages of this. but how promising that there's already a drug out there that can help in the fight against cancer? >> i think that's what's so incredible. this drug is used for decades to treat diabetes. to think it could have a role in so many types of cancer is amazing. >> even if it's the possibility it can slow it down or halting
it inside our body, why aren't we talking about producing it right now? getting on it? >> there's caa couple of catche. this is a generic drug. not a lot of money to be made by pharmaceuticals. they're not investing in the trials. the government is stepping in. they're funding the studies. >> that is good news. dr. besser thanks. still ahead on "world news." the images that made headlines across this country. causing so much outrage. the teacher and the teenage student that moved in with him. tonight, hear the arrest. what invest gators said we didn't know about the teacher. i remember the days before copd. my son and i never missed opening day. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function, starting within 5 minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better,
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sturnt 14 years ago. >> i don't know how someone could have such a cold heart. how could he do that? >> reporter: the arrest, a vindication for jordan's mother. she waged a public battle to prove the relationship began before jordan under the 18. a crime this california. >> i've always suspected other cases. i have had the same contention. he's a pervert. this predatory behavior doesn't happen overnight. >> reporter: while student-teacher relationships are at best, unethical, and almost always grounds for firing, they're not always illegal. the law varies from state to state. experts say most relationships go unreported and unprosecuted. a far cry from the case of mary kay letourneau, who faced prison time for an affair can a student, having two of his children in prison and then marrying him on her release.
the more common scenario, high school students falling victim to teachers who see them as fair game. >> teachers are not often prepared for the raging hormone environment. their boundaries can get blurred. >> reporter: if a teacher treats a student too much like a peer it's a red flag. >> what we see with teachers that have inappropriate relationships with their opportunities, they imagine hemss to be age-mates or peers. >> reporter: a lesson jordan learned the hard way. >> i lost everything for this guy. my senior year, i gave up all my friends. >> reporter: and jordan's mother, who pushed to investigate that teacher, led to his arrest, is now fighting for a california law that makes student-teacher relationships a crime, even if the student is 18. >> what a saga. thanks, tanya. when we come back, the sunning images of the moon over manhattan. it wasn't just new york. so many of you sending me your photos on facebook. all over the country. why do they call it a pink moon? . i can't breathe and forget sleeping. good mornings? not likely! i've tried the pills
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business proposition, mass produced his images, sold in galleries literally around the world. and made him a multimultimillionaire. >> this is just pure fun. >> reporter: though, some years back, when he appeared on "good morning america" and did a painting in 90 minutes, he talked about spirit and connecting. how when he started a painting, how he would always -- >> spend time to think about how i'm gonna use that painting to reach into someone's life, and maybe share a message of hope with that person. >> reporter: he'd been drawing since he was a kid, and his heroes were walt disney and norman rockwell. like them, he didn't make pictures for art snobs, but gave people what they wanted. indeed, his art is said to hang in the homes of 10 million americans. making walls into windows. and letting in the light. that was his signature. john donvan, abc news. washington. >> his work moved so many. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. good night. >> his work was good for so many.